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“Providing a World of Opportunities for Students”: Chantal Thompson’s Work with Dual Language Immersion Programs

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Featured Projects, Homepage Features, Public Humanities, Public Schools | 0 comments

“Providing a World of Opportunities for Students”: Chantal Thompson’s Work with Dual Language Immersion Programs

Utah has become a model for dual language immersion programs around the country—and around the world. The state of Utah currently offers 38 immersion programs in Chinese, 19 in French, 2 in German, 6 in Portuguese, and 73 in Spanish, for a total of 138 schools participating in dual language immersion. And why are these programs so successful? One of the main reasons is that learning targets are defined in terms of proficiency in the language, and reading, listening, writing and speaking proficiency is assessed on a regular basis. As an ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign...

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French Summer Camp and French Teacher’s Institute

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in Featured Outreach, Public Schools | 0 comments

French Summer Camp Each year the Department of French and Italian sponsors a thirteen-day French Summer Camp for high-school students. The French Summer Camp has been held on the BYU Campus every June since 2010. Last year, seventy-two high-school students attended the 2014 camp. Participants came from across the United States (fourteen states) and from three foreign countries. More than half stayed in BYU dorms. The Department of French and Italian supports the camp by providing two fulltime faculty members, Robert Erickson as the camp director and Chantal Thompson as a French instructor....

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